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  • SUMMER CAMP: "Deep History of Universe, the Earth and the Biosphere"
    2017-08-20 to 2017-08-26, Tuorla observatory, Kaarina, Finland

    The summer camp is primarily aimed for students interested in astrobiology and deep history of the world. The attendance is limited to 30 attendees, so early application/registration is advisable.
    There is no registration fee charged for participation in the lectures, but a small fee is required to cover the coffee breaks and the evening programmes. Fairly priced accommodation with full board is available at the cozy and comfortable Tuorla hostel ( For registration and accommodation please see the registration page:

    The course is organized jointly by the Turku University (, the TimeTrek association (, and the European Astrobiology Campus (
    Students coming from the European Astrobiology Campus institutions (Universities of Turku, Stockholm, Tartu, Tallinn, Porto, Bordeaux, Vilnius, Utrecht, Iceland and the Open university, UK) may be entitled to waiver of the participation fees. Eligible and selected participants from EAC institutions may be entitled to a travel refund up to 360€.

  • COST Origins field training school: Early Earth and Life
    2017-08-21 to 2017-08-31, Karelia, Russia

    The COST Origins (http://life‐ working group on Early Earth and Life is holding a field training school to study ancient rocks of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic times to investigate surface processes and biological activity in the Earth distant past. The emphasis will be on the rock record of Fennoscandia and, specifically, the lake Onego area of Karelia, Russia, that has preserved important aspects of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic Earth history. The field school will be a mix of seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk and field investigations of well‐preserved rock successions in Karelia. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to astrobiology and early Earth studies.

  • Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium
    2017-08-31 to 2017-09-01, Groningen, The Netherlands

    The newly established Origins Center ( in the Netherlands will be kicked off this summer during the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.

    The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic that fascinates the public, and which is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines. On August 31st and September 1st, we organize a two-day symposium, covering a wide spectrum of topics, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells.
    1. The origin of the Earth and of life
    2. Predicting the evolution of life
    3. Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
    4. Life in extraterrestrial environments
    5. Emergence and bridging of temporal and spatial scales
    Besides invited talks, the conference includes a keynote lecture by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver. We invite participants from the fields including chemistry, geosciences, biology, astronomy, and physics to submit abstracts for our poster sessions. The program also includes opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking.

  • 7th ASB Conference: "Habitability beyond the Earth"
    2017-09-13 to 2017-09-14, Th e Open University, Milton Keynes

    With ASB7, the Astrobiology Society of Britain continues its objective of promoting discussion on UK astrobiology interests in research, education and outreach. The ASB is pleased to announce that this 7th ASB conference will take place at The Open University, Milton Keynes, focussing on the topic of habitability beyond the Earth.

    Talks, posters and discussions are broadly aligned to four sessions:
    • Ground-based and LEO simulation
    • In-situ and remote sensing observations of habitability
    • Biosignatures
    • Outreach
    We are also planning an event on the 12th September for early career astrobiologists, which you are encouraged to attend. The ASB Early Career Workshop aims to connect early career astrobiologists from across the UK. The emphasis of the workshop will be on career progression and there will be an opportunity to connect with more senior scientist from academia and industry. They will be there to share their experiences and offer career advice. More details on this, and on student travel bursaries for conference/workshop attendance, can be found at the meeting website.

  • 12th European Planetary Science Congress
    2017-09-17 to 2017-09-22, Riga, Latvia

  • European Mars Conference 2017 (EMC17)
    2017-09-22 to 2017-09-24, Innsbruck, Austria

  • 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017
    2017-09-25 to 2017-09-29, Adelaide, Australia

    The Congress multidisciplinary programme enables abstracts to draw inspiration from a wide range of topics and aspects to write their paper:
    • Science and Exploration
      Space Life Sciences; Microgravity; Space Exploration; Space Debris;Space Astronomy
    • Applications and Operations
      Earth observation; Space communication and navigation; Small Satellites; Integrated Applications
    • Technology
      Astrodynamics; Materials and Structures; Space Power; Space Propulsion
    • Infrastructure
      Space Systems; Space Transportation; Knowledge Management; Commercial Spaceflight Safety
    • Space and Society
      Space Education and Outreach; History of Astronautics; Business Innovation; Space Law
    Accepted abstracts will be either presented as oral presentations or interactive presentations, offering high visibility to their authors and opening the door to valuable feedback as well as new ideas and collaborations.

    Abstracts must be submitted online at For guidance, the IAC2017 session list is available online:

  • Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond
    2017-09-25 to 2017-09-29, Furnas, Azores, Portugal

    This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the field including the following:
    • What effects do core and mantle have on evolution and habitability of planets?
    • What is the relation between (plate) tectonics and atmospheric evolution?
    • What role does the mantle overturn play in the evolution of the interior and atmosphere?
    • What is the role of the global carbon and water cycles herein?
    • What influence do comet and asteroid impacts exert on the evolution of the planet?
    • How does life interact with the evolution of Earth’s geosphere and atmosphere?
    • How can we use our knowledge of the solar system geophysics and habitability for exoplanets?
    The proposed interdisciplinary will encompass research on all the planets from the upper atmosphere to the deep interior relevant to their habitability. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

  • 25 years of Belgians in space
    2017-10-06 to 2017-10-06, Mol, Belgium

    Contribution to human spaceflights: towards a better protection of astronauts for future human space exploration

    2017 is a very special year for Belgium. The entire country celebrates its two famous Belgian astronauts Dirk Frimout and Frank de Winne, who flew to space 25, 15 and 10 years ago. The 25th anniversary fits in the World Space Week that is held from 4 till 10 October all over the world. This year`s theme is "Exploring New World in Space".

    We, SCK-CEN, would like to invite you on 6 October 2017 to celebrate this anniversary in presence of astronaut Frank de Winne. This day will be dedicated to the Belgian contribution to human spaceflights in view of future human space exploration. This is an unique opportunity for scientists, professionals and students to share experiences.

  • The Eighth Moscow Solar System Symposium
    2017-10-09 to 2017-10-13, Moscow, Russia

    Starting from 2010, the Space Research Institute holds annual international symposia on Solar system exploration. Main topics of these symposia include wide range of problems related to formation and evolution of Solar system, planetary systems of other stars; exploration of Solar system planets, their moons, small bodies; interplanetary environment, astrobiology problems. Experimental planetary studies, science instruments and preparation for space missions are also considered at these symposia. The Eight Moscow international Solar System Symposium (8M-S3) will be held from October 9 till 13, 2017. This year is marked by the 60th anniversary of the First satellite launch and the starting of Space era.

    Subject matter of this symposium will cover many problems of the Solar system science with the central topic “Moon, Mars and Venus research”. This topic relates to scientific problems of several missions: "Mars Express", "Venus Express", the missions under development in Russia: "Luna-Glob", "Luna-Resource", "ExoMars 2016" (Roscosmos-ESA), which was launched on March 14, 2016, and "ExoMars 2020"( Roscosmos-ESA).

  • Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop
    2017-11-13 to 2017-11-17, Laramie, Wyoming

    Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

    What does it mean to be habitable?
    What conditions are needed for habitability, and how do those conditions arise?
    What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories?
    How can we observe these indicators?

  • IAU Astrobiology Meeting
    2017-11-26 to 2017-12-01, Coyhaique, Chile

  • International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium
    2017-11-27 to 2017-11-30, Shenzhen, China
    Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-31

  • 51st ESLAB Symposium: “Extreme Habitable Worlds”
    2017-12-04 to 2017-12-08, ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    The Scientific Organising Committee of ESLAB 51 invites contributions on a variety of interdisciplinary themes regarding extreme habitability on Earth, in the solar system and throughout the universe. Contributions are planned as invited talks, oral and poster presentations, interactive presentations and debates. Contributors are invited to share and discuss their research with colleagues and friends. We look forward to welcoming you in Noordwijk.

    Venus, Earth, and Mars -- the first 500 million years
    Planetary habitability processes: accretion, evolution, impacts, ingredients Evolution of habitability and settings for origins of life at Earth
    Earth extreme habitats: natural (surface and subsurface), artificial and sustainable
    Life support systems in Earth extreme places and in orbit, human spaceflight
    Making the Moon habitable
    Mars past, current , and future habitability
    Asteroid and small body habitats
    Outer solar system: Sub-surface Habitability at icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn
    Effects of space weather and Astrophysical hazards
    Planetary protection and measuring extreme biomarkers
    Stellar, interstellar and interplanetary ingredients for extreme habitability
    Engineering of travel to and exploration of Extreme Habitable Worlds
    Finding and Characterising Habitable Exoplanets: Proxima Centauri, Trappist1 and beyond
    Galactic and Extragalactic Habitability
    Education, outreach, societal, philosophical and artistic views on "Extreme Habitable Worlds"

    Early registration deadline: 2017-10-24

  • SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
    2018-04-13 to 2018-04-15, University of Nevada, Reno

    Announcing the second meeting of a new academic group devoted to the exploration of broad questions surrounding the search for life beyond Earth and the future of life in space. Our emphasis is on issues relevant to the underlying science, but that can’t be fully addressed by science alone. These range from social and ethical questions such as “What are our ethical obligations to alien life?” and “How can we leverage the popularity of astrobiology to improve science education?” to theoretical questions within science such as “What exactly is ‘life’ anyway?” and “What can be predicted about how extraterrestrial life might evolve and develop?” Our ultimate goals are to further research in these areas and provide a ready pool of experts to help organizations pursuing projects in space better think through the implications of their work. For more information, see the website from last year’s inaugural meeting: Submit abstracts (300 word max) by August 15th to Kelly Smith: kcs(at)